Modern Archive

A stunning artwork inspired this neutral and blue living room

Melanie Alsford, her husband Richard and their sons Luca and Leo, live in a four-bedroom Victorian house in Hampton, Middlesex. They created an elegant scheme in their neutral and blue living room. What was the house like when you moved in? It was mostly

How to create a hi-tech home with no cables on show

There’s a misconception that hi-tech homes can’t also be knock-your-socks-off beautiful. Speakers, televisions and the smart panels that control audio systems, heating and lighting are just eyesores that get in the way of a well-designed interior – aren’t they? If that visual clutter is

Turn to the dark side with black interiors

As residents of the northern hemisphere, we’ve been conditioned to welcome as much sunlight as possible into our homes, and that includes the use of pale colours to illuminate a room. So it’s hard to put that to one side and consider a dark

This 17th century cottage reveals a surprisingly modern interior

The pretty whitewashed cottage is tucked away on a secluded hillside just a few miles from the Devon coast.​ Unique Home Stays Originally thatched, the property now has a slate tile roof but inside retains charming period features including wooden ceiling beams and lintels. Unique Home Stays More

Pole positioning

On the Caribbean island of Mustique, interior designer Veere Grenney has redesigned a bamboo house that is a study in neutrals and natural materials, set off  by the green of the palms outside and the glorious blue of the ocean Mustique, in the Saint


Wallpaper sometimes gets rather bad press. People wrinkle their noses, mutter things like ‘grannyish’ and protectively clutch their tins of white paint. Although there is a time and place for pale minimalism (heck, we have an entire gallery dedicated to the subject), we think it’s